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Definition of reverse discrimination noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


reverse discrimination

[uncountable] (disapproving)
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the practice of making sure that a particular number of jobs, etc. are given to people from groups that are often treated unfairly because of their race, sex, etc. even when this means being unfair to people from groups, such as white people, who have had advantages in the past The term reverse discrimination is almost always used in a disapproving way; to describe this policy in a way that is not necessarily disapproving use affirmative action.
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